• July
  • 16
  • 2019
  • Advanced Aircrew Academy

If you are climbing a mountain, it's best to concentrate on just the next few steps. If you keep looking up to see how much ground you must cover, your frustration will be kept at an elevated level while you remain below it. Pilot training is a bit like trying...


  • July
  • 10
  • 2019
  • Erika Armstrong

Pilots like telling stories. "There I was, in the clouds, one engine out, and the other anti-ice valve stuck in the closed position during a blizzard…" But, better yet, pilots enjoy listening to stories because as visual learners, they will listen to a story and without even realizing they're doing...


  • May
  • 14
  • 2019
  • Advanced Aircrew Academy

Weather Radar Module for Warm Weather Operations Advanced Aircrew Academy's Weather Radar Module covers all of the warm weather-generated hazards that pilots face associated mainly with thunderstorms that can grow rapidly and unpredictably. Spring is a perfect time to refocus on warm weather operations and review those hazards, such as...


  • April
  • 29
  • 2019
  • Erika Armstrong

You’ve thought about it. You’ve looked across the airport and seen the hustle and bustle of all those shiny airliners at the gate and you wonder what their day might be like. You’ve also looked across the ramp at the other flight crews and wondered if their flight coordinator just...


  • April
  • 15
  • 2019
  • Dan Boedigheimer

Since a wet or contaminated runway continues to be the most common causal factor in runway excursions, it is not a surprise to see an increase in them during the winter months. US Part 121 airlines had an increase in number of excursions this winter. Southwest Airlines had 2 runway...


  • April
  • 11
  • 2019
  • Advanced Aircrew Academy

The FAA updates the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) twice a year. The latest change was published on February 28, 2019. You can find the latest AIM at https://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/. There were two changes in this latest revision we would like to highlight. Remember that rule you read when you first started flying:...


  • March
  • 04
  • 2019
  • Advanced Aircrew Academy

The value of Safety Management Systems (SMS) training through Advanced Aircrew Academy is in a learning module customized to the unique circumstances of your business. Federal Aviation Regulations represent minimum standards of safety, but good business practices incorporate an international standard and reap the financial reward. When each employee recognizes...


  • January
  • 18
  • 2019
  • Erika Armstrong

The amount of information Business Aviation pilots need to store in their brain would exceed the capacity of most laptop computers. Sure, they fly into the major airports in each state, but they also fly into the 16,000 other airports in the U.S. (about 44,000 worldwide), including private landing strips....


  • January
  • 09
  • 2019
  • Erika Armstrong

Every professional pilot has been taught about Crew Resource Management, but the most important crewmember has been left out of the conversation – the relationship between pilot and airplane automation. Most of these relationships are constantly on the edge of divorce. Neither side is really listening to the other and...


  • January
  • 02
  • 2019
  • Advanced Aircrew Academy

Aircraft Fires. Just saying it sends chills down the spine of all pilots. The FAA published InFO 18013 (11/15/18) from Flight Standards as a caution to aircrews concerning proper inspection and maintenance of Hand-Held Fire Extinguishers. There have been instances where an extinguisher has leaked, and the time of discovery...


  • December
  • 26
  • 2018
  • Advanced Aircrew Academy

There have been several fatal accidents in which the pilot could not identify and pull a circuit breaker (autopilot) during an abnormal or emergency situation. Aside from the risk of fire, the FAA has also identified another risk of resetting a circuit breaker in flight. SAFO 18014 Following are some...


  • November
  • 20
  • 2018
  • Erika Armstrong

As the first snowflakes fall, you can hear Business Aviation pilot brains in the Northern Hemisphere scrolling through their knowledge bank trying to remember all the nuances of winter weather operations. Procedures, training, clean wing, Type I-IV fluids, sequence, HOT tables, and pre-takeoff contamination checks are thoughts that roll from...


  • October
  • 23
  • 2018
  • Advanced Aircrew Academy

What is winter operations training? The dangers inherent to operating aircraft in winter conditions are numerous. Operating on wet and/or contaminated runway surfaces, complying with the clean aircraft concept and compensating for the effects of cold temperature altimetry errors are subjects that flight crew should train on an annual basis....


  • October
  • 17
  • 2018
  • Dan Boedigheimer

Rick Miller walked into the loosely organized university flight school fresh out of the Air Force just hired as the new Chief Flight Instructor. We had 30 young flight instructors going in 31 different directions. Rick spoke of creating SOPs, Edward Deming's Total Quality Management points, and was an early...


  • October
  • 11
  • 2018
  • Dan Boedigheimer

Defining Normalization Of Excellence This year's theme of the Bombardier Safety Standdown is the Normalization of Excellence. How do you define Normalization of Excellence?  Tony Kern, in his article The Normalization of Excellence Sounds cool – what is it?, says the definition may not be commonly understood and one goal for...


  • October
  • 09
  • 2018
  • Erika Armstrong

As Socrates stood at the front of his class trying to teach the next generation, I'm sure Plato did something that made his teacher shake his head in frustration. Maybe Plato stayed out too late the night before, partying with Aristotle and other philosophers. I'm sure Plato told Socrates at...


  • October
  • 01
  • 2018
  • Advanced Aircrew Academy

Most business aviation pilots have DUATs in their past. Introduced in 1989, it was the FAA's first attempt at automated flight information services. Gone are the 297 Flight Service Stations and the days of in-person weather briefings; however, Flight Service has always been the mainstay of aviation services. Leidos Pilot...


  • September
  • 21
  • 2018
  • Advanced Aircrew Academy

The nature of aviation is that it's constantly changing. The FAA is rearranging its website, moved some key pieces of information, and didn't leave a breadcrumb trail for you. One of the handy web links used by Business Aviation pilots operating international flights changed locations and even if you Google...


  • September
  • 18
  • 2018
  • Advanced Aircrew Academy

Standard Phraseology Methods of aviation communication are constantly changing. Clear, concise communication is the basis of aviation safety. One letter, one number, one wrong readback can be the difference between life and death. It is one the most important elements when flying in controlled airspace, yet how can clear communication...


  • September
  • 11
  • 2018
  • Erika Armstrong

It's -14 degrees F outside, but it's not cold enough to keep the phone from ringing at 0200. "Hello?" "Hey captain, we have to get a heart and lung transplant medical team from Flying Cloud to Aberdeen, right now. A young, healthy snowmobiler was drinking and driving and there is...


  • September
  • 04
  • 2018
  • Erika Armstrong

In Part I of the High Altitude Environment article, we talked about Aviation Medicine and Long-term Effects of Atmospheric Changes on pilot health. Long-term Tracking of Pilot Health When a pilot has a medical issue, they don't usually go to their flight physician. Flight physicians have the power to take...


  • August
  • 30
  • 2018
  • Erika Armstrong

Aviation Medicine Since I was going to be nearby for flight simulator training, my chief pilot wanted me to go to the high-altitude chamber training on the other end of town. I'd never been in one, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to purposely starve my brain...


  • August
  • 27
  • 2018
  • Advanced Aircrew Academy

Business aviation/corporate pilots are notorious kleptomaniacs. They really don't have to steal the swag or aviation promotional merchandise, but they still have the "recurrent inability to resist urges to take items that you generally don't need and that usually have little value" ... to someone else. but, to a pilot, aviation...


  • August
  • 22
  • 2018
  • Advanced Aircrew Academy

No Need To Remove Your Clothes TSA x-ray technology can see through them! Security is in the headlines again as a TSA working group is considering ending screening at more than 150 small and medium sized airports. The proposal has triggered conversation and the overwhelming response is that security is...


  • August
  • 07
  • 2018
  • Advanced Aircrew Academy

Aviation has so many acronyms, it's often difficult to know if SEBENA or CPDLC is a noun or a verb. The lingo gives the appearance of being complicated and helps keep aviation consultants busy, but one acronym that the Business Aviation world has agreed upon is simple: IS-BAO. The International...